If you've never had carnitas before, let me help- Carnitas are a salty, shred-y, crispy, porky treat that graces your tacos and burritos with its presence. It's the kind of meat that guys want to be and girls want to be with. It's what any good and honest human would do with a 5 lb pork shoulder. You catch my drift.
Even if you are lucky enough to already know all of this, what you may not know is that Carnitas are also deceptively easy to make. It pretty much involves throwing meat, onion, garlic, and a few other ingredients in a dutch oven for an afternoon and trying not to pass out from how delicious it smells.
Hello everyone! Happy Friday... or should I say, Happy National Donut Day!
Yes, here in America we have a day dedicated to out sugary, cakey little friends. Jealous?
Today I've prepared a cocktail that translates my absolute favorite kind of donut into an alcoholic form- SPRINKLE DONUTS! (Though I am also in love with cream filled donuts, coconut covered donuts, jelly donuts, donut holes, donut donuts, donut, donut donut, donuts...... I just really like donuts, ok?)
SPRINKLE DONUT COCKTAIL
Time: 2 minutes
3/4 oz Cinnabon Vodka (I bought my bottle of Pinnacle on sale for less than $10)
It's summer, so you know what that means! Stone fruit!
Peaches, apricots, and nectarines were always a staple during my summers growing up. Nothing makes me feel (or look) more like a giddy little kid than eating a ripe peach and having the juice run down my face and hands, so when I went to the farmers market a few days ago and saw the abundance of peaches, I knew I needed to swoop some up and make something great.
We all already know that fruit and pies go together like, well, fruit and pies... so today's recipe is my spin on a more "grown-up" way to enjoy the fruits that I used to make a mess of as a child.
For all of you fellow Americans out there, it's Memorial Day weekend. This probably means hitting the beach, BBQs, and maybe a sale or two, which is why I've created a fun and refreshing cocktail you can enjoy all throughout your sunny 3-day weekend.
This week's Spiked Caramel Lemonade is summery and maybe a little too easy to drink (if ya know what I mean...).
Let's get to it-
What you'll need:
1+1/2 c White Sugar
1/4 c Light Brown Sugar
1+1/2 c Lemon Juice
2+1/4 c Warm Water, divided
1+1/3 c Dark Rum (or alcohol of your choice)
1 Whole Lemon
First, mix 1/2 cup of water and 1+1/2 cups of white sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat....
First, a little history lesson: I've known Elyse Winter, fashion expert and founder of Winter Rae, since we were kids... some would even say for a while we were practically attached at the hip. Aside from being the hard working friend and huge goofball that I used to play dress-up with, Elyse is also a force to be reckoned with when it comes to fashion and aesthetics. She's got a great eye for what works (and what doesn't), and is an inspiring self-made success in the fashion world. If you haven't already visited her site you should definitely go take a look (and while you're at it, book her to help you find your signature look or whip your closet into shape!...
The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, so today I present you with two takes on the classic Mint Julep... but there's a twist!
In honor of Mother's Day on Sunday, the first of these juleps is a little more grown up and feminine. I call that one the Kentucky Peach Julep.
The second julep I have for you is in honor of Cinco De Mayo (which was yesterday), my dad's birthday (which is today), and the Kentucky Derby (which is tomorrow). I call it the MexiCali Chrome. This julep's secret weapon ingredient is also one of my dad's favorites- Mezcal.
If you don't already know, the Mint Julep is the official drink...
If there’s one thing I can always count on turning out well, it’s chocolate chip banana bread.
I’ve been making banana bread since I was a kid, and perfecting the recipe for years. I’ve been told many times that this is the best banana bread ever (not kidding, plus I totally agree), and people are always asking me how I make it. So, now that you’re about to have the precious recipe for the “best banana bread ever”, why not whip it up and judge for yourself!
Now, I know you’re excited to see the recipe and some photos like always, but today we are going to do things a little differently. Instead of sharing my usual step-by-step pictur...
I don’t know about you, but my watch says that it’s half past cocktail o’clock right now. (not really, but I wish it did…)
Before we get to the fun stuff, I’d like to bore you with a very short pronunciation and history lesson. The Caipirinha (pronounced “kai-pir-in-yuh”) is the national drink of Brazil and is traditionally made with lime, sugar, and cachaça (pronounced kuh-sha-suh). Cachaça is similar in taste to rum, and is sometimes known as ‘Brazilian Rum’, however the two are not exactly the same. Cachaça is made by distilling fresh sugar cane juice, while rum is made from molasses. Both are awesome, however the Caipirinha should be made wi...
Since my Serrano Pico De Gallo seemed to be an instant favorite with all of you other lovely home cooks out there, I thought I’d share another one of my salsa favorites- Charred Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa Verde.
Not to toot my own horn, but this salsa is so damn good. Browning the tomatillos, onion, and lime brings it to a whole new level of deliciousness and gives the salsa some extra oomph. It’s also pretty easy to make. The key, however, is using a blender.
Let’s get started!
What you’ll need: 3 medium/large tomatillos, 1 whole large serrano chili, 1 small yellow onion, 2 limes, 1 ripe avocado, and 1 tsp kosher salt. You’ll also...